Spicy Chicken Creole

This is my variation of Shrimp Creole for those who prefer to not eat shellfish. Some people are allergic to shellfish and are unable to eat any variety of it. This gives them an alternative using chicken, but the flavor is definitely still there for lovers of Creole.

SPICY CHICKEN CREOLE

4 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1½ cups Green Bell Pepper, chopped

1½ cups Onion, chopped

1½ cups Celery, chopped

3 cloves Garlic, minced

1 pound Chicken, Boneless, Skinless Breast Meat, trimmed and cubed

28 ounces Tomatoes, Whole Canned

1 Tbs. Paprika

1/2 tsp. Cayenne

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Pepper, fresh ground

1 cup Water

1 Bay Leaf

4 Tbs. Corn Starch

1/2 Cup Ice Water

2 Cups Rice, cooked

1. Heat Olive oil in a deep sauté pan over medium heat.

2. Lightly sauté the bell pepper, celery and onions.

3. Add the cubed chicken and stir to lightly brown all sides.

4. Add the garlic and stir to combine all ingredients.

5. Add the tomatoes, paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper, Bay leaf and water. Stir to combine ingredients.

6. Reduce heat, cover pan with lid and simmer for 25 minutes.

7. When cooking has finished, combine the corn starch with the ice water. Stir to make a paste. Add to the pan and stir continuously until mixture is thickened.

8. Serve over rice.

Servings: 4

Cooking Tips:

Put a damp paper towel under your cutting board to prevent it from moving.

Either dice the chicken after chopping the vegetables or use a separate cutting board for the chicken to prevent cross contamination.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 serving

Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving

Calories   272.67

Calories From Fat (10%)   28.55

% Daily Value

Total Fat 3.34g   5%

Saturated Fat 0.61g   3%

Cholesterol 10.30mg   3%

Sodium 649.40mg   27%

Potassium 957.73mg   27%

Carbohydrates 53.06g   18%

Dietary Fiber 6.18g   25%

Sugar 13.67g

Sugar Alcohols 0.00g

Net Carbohydrates 46.88g

Protein 9.86g   20%

MyPoints 4.9

This is a super quick and easy recipe that packs a lot of punch and flavor for lovers of spicy food. If you want to make shrimp creole instead of chicken creole, use shrimp instead of chicken and add the shrimp during the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Do not overcook the shrimp.

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Salmon Stew, An Easy Dinner Recipe

If you are looking for an easy dinner recipe, then salmon stew can help you out.

Salmon recipes are very healthy for you and this one couldn’t be quicker. All you need are a few pantry staples that you can keep handy, milk and a saucepan. Now how simple is that?

Salmon Stew, An Easy Dinner Recipe

1 Can Salmon, Skin and Bones Removed
8 Ounces Evaporated Milk
8 Ounces Regular Milk
1 Onion, Chopped
3 Potatoes, Diced
2 Tbs. Butter
Salt and Pepper To Taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cover and simmer on low heat
until potatoes are done.

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)
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Calories: 514
Calories From Fat: 220
Total Fat: 24.8g
Cholesterol: 117.3mg
Sodium: 731.1mg
Potassium: 1543mg
Carbohydrates: 41.3g
Fiber: 2.4g
Sugar: 4.4g
Protein: 32.2g
My Points: 12.84

Cooking Tip: Serve with oyster crackers.

Comments: Perfect for a cold, rainy night.

To save even more time, you can omit the potatoes if you like and this recipe is still delicious.

Linguine With White Clam Sauce

It sounds too simple to taste as good as it does.

2 Tbsp. Butter
4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Can Clams
1/3 Cup Parsley, Fresh, Minced
8 Ounces Linguine, Cooked and Drained
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated

1 Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add extra virgin olive oil and lightly sauté the garlic.


2 Add the liquid from the clams and parsley to the garlic and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until the parsley is done. Add the clams and just heat through. Do not overcook the clams or they will be tough.


3 Pour the clam sauce over the linguine, top with the parmesan cheese and toss to coat the pasta.

Servings: 4
Cooking Tips
Serve with an antipasta salad and garlic bread.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories   474.54
Calories From Fat (43%)   203.75
% Daily Value
Total Fat 23.20g   36%
Saturated Fat 13.35g   67%
Cholesterol 54.46mg   18%
Sodium 961.33mg   40%
Potassium 200.05mg   6%
Carbohydrates 38.90g   13%
Dietary Fiber 1.37g   5%
Sugar 0.52g
Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
Net Carbohydrates 37.53g
Protein 26.86g   54%
MyPoints 11.2

This is so easy to make that now you have absolutely no excuse for not preparing dinner for your family. Just be sure to use the “good” Parmesan cheese, not the pre-grated stuff. You will notice the difference.